Jason Momoa has apologized for capturing photos and videos of the Sistine Chapel during a recent visit.
The “Aquaman” star came to Instagram earlier this week to share photos of himself enjoying the artwork within the Apostolic Palace. The only issue is that photographing is prohibited since flash might damage the artwork.
Momoa captioned his image, “I LOVE YOU ITALY what a lovely start to our day off enjoying ROMA.” Fans were upset, and some even suspected the 42-year-old actor was given preferential treatment.
“We, regular people, are not allowed to film inside the Sistine chapel,” one user commented. Another fan said, “We can’t take pics but ofc celebrities can nothing against Jason (I adore him) but it’s not fair.”
After Momoa received the backlash, he issued an apology video that was shared by Just Jared.
“I just also wanted to say, if you ever felt that I disrespected your culture, it wasn’t my intention,” Momoa said.
“I came here when I was 19 or 20 to experience the Sistine Chapel. I’ve always wanted to and now that I can, I gave a wonderful donation to bring my friends and crew because we only had a couple days off to experience these places.”
“And then I found people wanted to take pictures with me, which is very odd, during a trip to the Vatican with all this wonder and they want to take pictures with me, which I don’t get, but regardless, I did.”
“I was very respectful and I asked for permission from what I thought, would be okay. I would never want to do anything to disrespect someone’s culture. If I did, I apologize. It was not my intention. I paid to have that private moment and gave a nice donation to the church. I love you. I’m sorry if I offended you.”